With an all-new model on the horizon, 2018 marks the final year of the Ford Focus RS. Before they stop production however, the American automaker will be sending off their hottest hatchback with a special, limited-run model. Dubbed the Focus RS Limited Edition, it receives significant upgrades to boost performance and handling.
According to Ford, the Focus RS Limited Edition was the result of interacting with current owners and asking them what they want in the car. The 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition packs commonly requested features which includes unique interior and exterior styling touches. It also gets a new mechanical limited-slip differential, another feature Focus RS fans have requested, according to Ford.
To separate it from the standard Focus RS, the Limited Edition comes in two colors exclusive to this variant. Available in new Race Red or signature Nitrous Blue, exterior upgrades include new a gloss black roof and mirror caps. The rear roof spoiler also features gloss black finish, with blue RS logos on the side wings. Now standard are 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels with blue RS center caps.
The interior gets an upgrade too. The cockpit, the door handles, handbrake lever and turbo boost gauge surround are wrapped in carbon fiber. It also gains black, leather-trimmed Recaro seats with suede microfiber inserts and RS logo, heated front seats with eight-way power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors and voice-activated navigation system.
Still powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, the power output of the Focus RS Limited Edition is retained at 350 PS and 470 Nm of torque. With the addition of the Quaife limited-slip differential at the front, Ford says this particular Focus RS has improved off-the-line traction and more stability. It is then coupled with Dynamic Torque Vectoring which, according to Ford, sends 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels for most of the time. Drift Mode has also been retained for the Focus RS Limited Edition.
Only 1,500 units will be made with 1,000 going to the US and the rest, to Canada.